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Causes: Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training

Mission: We exist to assist individuals in developing their ability to earn and to become contributing citizens in their community. We support the development of self-sufficiency in every person, regardless of background, economic status, or level of ability. We strengthen the community by preparing individuals to assume their roles as workers, parents, and citizens.

Results: 452 Students Enrolled during fiscal year 2008/2009 (July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009). 136 Graduates (160 remained enrolled) 112 Students Placed in Jobs Average Placement Wage of $13.05

Geographic areas served: Minneapolis/St. Paul

Programs: Summit academy oic is a non-profit vocational training and educational center based in north minneapolis with over 40 years' experience helping twin cities' residents in economically depressed neighborhoods acquire the tools they need to become educated, employed, and self-supporting. Summit academy is the only community-based vocational training and job-placement program in north minneapolis accredited by the north central association commission on schools and registered with the minnesota higher education services office. At summit academy oic, we believe the best social service program in the world is a job. Graduates from our adult education programs are given the opportunity to lift themselves up from a life of poverty and hopelessness onto a path that will lead to a better life for themselves and their families. Where before, these men and women were limited by chronic unemployment, a complete lack of resources, and in many cases, a lack of faith in themselves, they now have the chance to fundamentally change their circumstances by increasing their income and their quality of life. When adults work full-time living-wage jobs, they become role models to young adults and children, families become more stable, and the cycle that has kept their communities poor and crime-ridden is broken. These positive changes continue to ripple out even further into the larger community as fewer social services and incarceration costs are incurred and graduates begin to pay taxes. After receiving training in community healthcare, energy efficiency and green construction, these graduates have gone on to work in jobs that directly improve minnesota's infrastructure. Summit academy offers adult education and support services that are tailored to the specific needs of the communities we serve. Our career and technology center provides pre-apprentice training in construction (hundred hard hats program), with specific tracks in carpentry, weatherization technology, commercial & green roofing, electrical work, heavy equipment operations and residential rehabilitation technology. The ctc also offers programs in community healthcare with community health worker (chw), certified nursing assistant (cna) training and pharmaceutical technician. These career tracks are all supported with services that develop students' life skills and assist in job seeking, placement, and retention. In this fiscal year (july 1, 2014 - june 30, 2015), summit's career and technology center served 545 adult students, and 281 graduated or remained enrolled to complete their training. Year-to-date summit has placed 279 adults, compared to 295 in the previous period. Job earnings for both programs are at an average of $14. 99 per hour. Current tracking results indicate that 65% of summit's job placements have retained their jobs for more than 180 days.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Look at the stats... They enroll 452 students and graduate 136. This retention is attrocious! They place 82% of the graduates on less than living wage jobs and these jobs aren't sustained in their field. Plus, where is the aid money going from the 316 students that don't graduate? Question the leadership and the board and see it for what it is.


Board Member

Rating: 4

In these difficult times Summit is succeeding. I am gratified by the objective measures of Summit's success; increases in enrollment, graduations, job placement, and earnings on the job.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Summit is a fantastic organization that changes lives daily. Everytime I walk through the halls and see students, I literally feel the energy of people who are changing their lives, their families and their communities.



Rating: 5

I have had a close up and personal first hand look into Summit. A very rewarding experience. "The best social service program, in the world, is a job." It is so gratifying to have had a small role in changing people's lives for the better. The right organization, doing the right thing, at just the right time we need them. Thank you Summit for the opportunity to be of service.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a pre-apprentice carpentry student at Summit Academy from February 2008 until June 2008. My life and the life of my family changed greatly after my graduation. I became a union laborer, initially being hired by Northland Concrete and Masonry. I have since worked at M.A. Mortenson and wrapped up 2009 working again with NCM. I now have a purpose and a future. I feel VITAL and I'm SO grateful! I would never have been given this opportunity without the help of Summit Academy. They gave me the confidence and training I needed to take into the field and the needed referral to enter the building trades. I was prepared and ready for the job I was applying for. The instructors were so encouraging and helpful and so devoted to seeing their students succeed. I live in North Minneapolis and I think we are so lucky to have SAOIC in our community. Going from getting Medical Assistance and food stamps to having medical insurance (including dental and vision)for me and my entire family paid by my employer and union AND to look forward to having a pension now instead of retiring on minimum social security...my future is SO different from when I walked through their doors during orientation.